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Winter Dinner Party Dessert (for larger crowd)

Having dinner party for 12; serving cioppino and thinking of wine poached pears with marscapone (michael chiarello) for dessert. Any suggestions for a make ahead favorite for winter time?

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  1. Tiramisu may be nice.

    Once for a large dinner party I made a couple of Tarts. One was a Poached pear tart. I Made the pears, and prepped them and the pastry the day before. I just rolled and assembled it fairly quickly (I'm fairly good with pastry dough) and put it into the oven. You could bake the dough a bit, add the pears, half bake it, and then finish when you need dessert.

    1. I make a delicious coffee cheesecake . There is never a crumb left.

      1. Chocolate mousse in demitasse cups? Bit of whipped cream on top.

        1. Affogato http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affogato along with several types of biscotti and maybe some yummy truffles.

          1. variation on winter fruit - baked apples (core, add butter that has incorporated brown sugar, dried cranberries, a touch of cinnamon), in pan with enough cider to wet the bottom, top with a splash of maple syrup, serve with a dollop of creme fraiche or vanilla ice cream - winter comfort food at it's finest.